Psychosis blamed for man breaking door to enter property

A “manic” man who broke down a door to enter a March Street unit while the owner was home was sentenced at Orange Local Court on Monday.

Matthew Powell, 21, of Nunkeri Place appeared in court via audio visual link where he was given two 12-month good behaviour bonds for damaging a door and resisting arrest. He was also fined $300 for possessing a suspected stolen birth certificate, $100 for entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse and was ordered to pay $857.13 in compensation for replacement and repairs to the door.

His solicitor Nidal Abdi said his client had been addressing the issues that led to the psychosis he was under when he committed the crimes.

“It’s quite an unusual set of circumstances as to why Mr Powell entered that house and the manner in which he did, Mr Powell was undergoing a psychosis of mania,” Mr Abdi said.

A man was at home on June 29, 2016, when Powell broke his front door and entered the unit where he took food and drinks, requested help to load music onto an iPod, wore his clothes and took several items until police arrived.

During a search of Powell, police identified and returned possessions belonging to the resident including an iPod, pen, lanyard, Apple lightning cord and Telstra card. They also found a woman’s birth certificate, which was suspected to have been stolen.

Powell was also placed on a 12 month good-behaviour bond for resisting arrest on July 14 when he ran from police after breaching his bail conditions.